Fifteen starting scientists go to top foreign institutes thanks to Rubicon grant

12 January 2015

Fifteen scientists who have recently gained their PhD can go and do research at top foreign institutes thanks to the Rubicon programme from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). With Rubicon NWO gives young scientists the possibility to gain international research experience as a springboard for a scientific career.

Fifteen starting scientists go to top foreign institutes thanks to Rubicon grant

The scientists who have recently gained their PhDs will, for example, carry out research into the advantages of bilingualism, the problematic adaptive capabilities of migratory birds, and enzymes in sleeping bacteria. They will work at renowned institutes such as the American Stanford University and MIT and the British University of Oxford. The alphabetical list of researchers awarded funding provides a brief description of all the research projects.

A total of 94 researchers submitted an application for Rubicon. Fourteen of the fifteen scientists awarded funding will go abroad for a period of 24 months and one will go for a period of 18 months. Nine are going to the United States, two to Spain, two to France, one to the United Kingdom and one to Switzerland. For many scientists experience abroad is an important step in their career.


The scientists awarded funding can use their Rubicon grant to do research for a maximum period of 24 months. The size of the grant depends on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. Each year NWO can award about 40-50 young researchers funding within Rubicon (for a total amount of 7 million euros, spread over three rounds). The Rubicon programme is named after the river that Julius Caesar crossed the river before embarking on the series of victories that led to his famous pronouncement 'veni, vidi, vici'.

About NWO

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research is one of the most important science-funding bodies in the Netherlands and ensures quality and innovation in science. Each year NWO invests more than 650 million euros in curiosity-driven research and research related to societal challenges. NWO selects and funds research proposals based on the advice of Dutch and international experts from science and society. NWO encourages national and international collaboration, invests in large-scale research facilities, promotes knowledge utilisation, and manages research institutes. NWO funds more than 5600 research projects at universities and knowledge institutions.

Source: NWO


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